In 2008 a 9-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree in her back yard. It wasn’t an accident and it wasn’t suicide.
Katelynn Arnold was playing outside at a home she shared with her half-brother and relatives when her aunt noticed she was missing.
She went looking for the 9-year-old girl and found her hanging. She was dead.
Her half-brother, John Dillon Salers, was arrested for the murder.
John Dillon Salers, 18, pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday in St. Clair County, about 30 miles east of Birmingham, and a judge has sentenced him to 20 years in prison, court documents showed.
Salers could be released earlier since he got credit for jail time served and will be eligible for parole.
Using uneven print, Salers signed a court document in which he stated no one had coerced him or promised him anything to plead guilty in the death of Katelynn Arnold in May 2012.
Media photos taken outside court showed an unsmiling Salers with closely cropped, dark hair and wearing a striped jail uniform.
Salers was 14 when he murdered his half-sister.
20 years isn’t anywhere near long enough.
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